Floods can strike at any time and it can sometimes be very difficult to prepare for a flood. They are the most deadly natural disasters in Toronto, killing even more people than fires and earthquakes. They bring great damage and isolation to entire communities and can be of great cost to the people and local government.
More importantly, the rate in which floods are happening is increasing day by day as the sea levels are rising due to climate change, risking to put entire areas under sea level and making them inhabitable.
Understanding the Flood Risk
Certainly, some areas pose a greater risk to floods than others do. If your home is located in planes or areas near rivers or lakes it carries a greater risk of being flooded rather than if your home is located in a hill area.
The other main factors to look over before preparing for a flood are historical data and county planning. You can get them through your local county’s office. If an area has been flooded before, it means that there is a high tendency that it will get flooded again. It is also worthy to sign up on emergency services websites so that you get notified as soon as a disaster starts.
Whenever a flood happens, the first thing to keep in mind is to keep yourself and your family safe. If a flood is heading your way, it means that there is no time to waste, so make sure to evacuate or seek high ground. If you couldn’t evacuate on time, make sure to stay in a visible area if a rescue crew comes for assistance.
Elevate and Waterproof
If you are living in an area with a high risk of flooding, it is a worthy investment to try and protect your home from damage. If your home is not a brick and mortar building, then you have the option to elevate it from the ground so that the floodwater level does not reach the first floor.
Another important part is making sure that the water doesn’t reach your electrical system or it can burn down your electric installation and even your entire home. To prevent that you can raise your plugs and electrical appliances.
Basements are the most affected areas by floods. As they are beneath ground level, often they are filled with water, and it can be difficult to drain it. Investing in good basement waterproofing can save you from a financial burden in the future since if the water remains there for too long, it can cause damage to the building’s foundations and making it inhabitable.
With all being said, if you are living in an area that has a high probability of being flooded, then just preparing for a flood isn’t’ enough. Purchasing flood insurance is a wise investment. It will vary in price depending on the above mentioned but will save you from most of the headache of repairing and renovation once the floods have happened.
Repairing Your Home After a Disaster
Before you can increase the value of your home, you must first repair the damage. Start with the damage that makes your home unlivable – like structural damage. If there’s a flood, you’ll need to be sure there’s no mold in the walls or flooring and have the studs and remaining supports treated with a microbial product. Repairing damaged or crumbling drywall left behind by water or smoke damage is critical, as are plumbing and electrical repairs. Unattended to, this type of damage can significantly decrease the value of your property.
Ways to Increase Home Value After a Flood
Depending on the scale of the damage and the size of the project you’re willing to take on, it’s possible to significantly increase the value of your home.
Outside of necessary repairs, consider:
- Upgrading to stainless steel appliances.
- Swapping out mid-tier fixtures like laminate counters and carpeting with new, upgraded materials like granite and hardwood floors.
- Finishing previously unused/unfinished spaces like basements or attics.
- Installing a whole-house fan or a new A/C system.
- Replacing the existing roof.
Repair and Renovation
When it comes to flooding, there are many things that you can’t control or predict. If you have experienced any water damage, or are in need of flood water damage restoration, feel free to contact our 24/7 customer support service at +1 416-551-8287 or send us an e-mail to [email protected]